With Canadian Thanksgiving just a few days away and the American Thanksgiving just around the corner, celebrity chef Lynn Crawford gave out a few tips on how to make this year's dinner a special one.
This year, the Pitchin'' It star said it's all about trying locally grown foods. “It's walking into a local farmers market and being inspired by the ingredients you see there and just thinking out of the box a little bit.”
Want to give your chicken, turkey or pot roast a little extra taste? “What's really popular now is slow cooking or long braising of different items. Not a lot of people brine their turkey before they cook it,” Crawford said. “When you're brining a chicken or turkey or pork roast, the brine seasons and ensures that whatever you're cooking is tender and juicy. It makes such a difference.”
The chef also said a good way to make your dinner stand out is to expand on your traditional bread stuffing. “If you had roasted honeycrisp apples in that stuffing with roasted butternut squash, thyme and caramelized onions, fantastic. That's wonderful, beautiful. With roasted pumpkin seeds.”
If you really want to give your Thanksgiving guests something to remember and a bit of variety, serve some duck! “Duck is a gorgeous fall dish. Duck and squash and cranberries are fantastic,” Crawford said.